December 3, 2016 9:18 am

Money, now also growing on trees

Christmas tree farm in Iowa.

You’ve read the heading correctly, but it’s not as simple as you would hope. Ever since the financial crisis people have been trying to diversify their investments and think a little outside of the traditional stocks and bonds. This opened the doors to the world of timber, however this isn’t an investment just anyone can […]

Awesome Interactive Map Shows ‘The Financial States Of America’ With Tons Of Economic Data

We spotted this interactive map from, which shows a ton of economic data in an easily understood and very cool way. You can check out how your state ranks and the data behind the rankings on anything from GDP, household income, tax burden, etc. This would certainly come in handy if you might want to […]

European Stocks Are Crushing It

The Eurozone is leaving the recession, and European stocks have gotten the message. The above chart comes courtesy of Mike O’Rourke of JonesTrading. It shows how in recent weeks, European stocks are clobbering their US counterparts. O’Rourke writes: There are a couple of interesting trends in equity markets worth highlighting.  The S&P 500 is flat […]

Stocks Are Sliding Fast

Since the opening bell, U.S. stocks have taken a turn downward, and are now trading near their lows of the day. Right now, the S&P 500 is trading at 1695, down 0.7% from yesterday’s close. Treasuries, on the other hand, aren’t moving much. Right now, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note is 2 basis […]

Markets Are Lower

It’s another quiet morning, but just as with yesterday, markets have begun to the downside. In Asia, Japan had a rare day where it didn’t surge 1% or more (it ended about flat) and China lost 1.1%. In Europe, Italy is off 0.5%. And Germany is off 0.28%. US futures are a hair lower. Today […]

Markets Are Going Nowhere After Another Huge Day In Japan

Markets are very quiet this morning. US futures are essentially flat. Europe is not going anywhere either. Pretty much the only big mover was the same-old Japan, which gained another 2%, hitting a new 5-year high. As you can see on the Nikkei chart, stocks in Japan ended right at their highs of the session. […]

Markets Lower Around The World, As Cyprus Banks Set To Reopen

The big event of the day: Cypriot banks are set to reopen at 6 AM ET. To what extent it appears that there’s a run/panic is something people will closely watch, although that might just make for good drama, rather than market-moving data. In the meantime, markets are lower everywhere. The big Japanese rally has […]

This Week We Get One Of The Most Important Economic Datapoints Of The Year (XRT)

Markets Going Nowhere As The Era Of Sequestration Begins

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to sequestration. It’s begun. It’s March 1, and there’s still no deal to avert automatic, across the board spending cuts that were agreed to as part of the 2011 deal to raise the debt ceiling. So far the market hasn’t seemed to care at all about the cuts, yet the media, […]

BEAT: ISM Crushes Expectations, Rising To 54.2

UPDATE: The US economy keeps ticking. ISM for February came in at 54.2, ahead of expectations of 52.5 and ahead of last month’s 53.1. Today’s economic data in the US has been mixed today, but this is solid. Michael Bock of Phoenix Partners has the summary: ISM 54.2 Vs. 52.5 so that’s better.  Of note […]

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